A new 15 minute x 10 drama series called Early One Morning is on BBCRadio4 every day, mid week. Directed by Emma Harding. Catch up on BBC iplayer if you miss it.
You can meet the cast here:-
Greta Scacchi narrates the drama. It is basically a love story between a woman and a boy set in World War II. It is Virginia Baily’s second novel.
Daniele Levi is a boy of about seven, living in Rome’s Jewish quarter; it’s 1944, and the German occupying forces raid the area and round up its inhabitants. We see Daniele and his family on a truck, his mother in a “going-away outfit”, as if she had planned an escape there wasn’t time for. In her panic, and intuiting what awaits, Daniele’s mother hands her son over to an onlooker, a young woman. This is our protagonist and chief narrator, Chiara Ravello. What follows is the story of how Chiara and Daniele’s two lives, brutally flung together, play out.